6th Grade Newsletter - September 16, 2013

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Today is Picture Day!  Students will have their pictures taken during their MN Studies class. They should bring their order forms and money to MN Studies.  Pictures will take place at the beginning of class. 
RENDEZVOUS FIELD TRIP!!  Permission slips have gone out! Please look for a purple piece of paper in your child's belongings!
The trip is Friday, October 4, 2013 and will be an extended day for students. We will return to Field around 3:45-4:00 in the afternoon.  Please see your child's permission slips for details.  Slips are due by Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Any questions, please contact Bronwyn Wucherpfennig.
Barnes and Noble Book Fair!  Nov. 19
Here is something new to put on your calendars:  Once again Field has partnered with Barnes and Noble at Galleria for a school book fair to raise funds for books and media needs for the school.  The event is scheduled on Tuesday, November 19 from 5 - 8 pm.  From 5 - 6:30 pm we will be featuring a local 'tween' author who is a fellow educator, Nick Hupton. His website is: www.nickhupton.com.  At 6:30 pm we will be featuring music from our wonderful music program at Field School.
Language Arts


 On Wednesday we will have a Socratic Seminar, a class discussion, of the short story "Through the Tunnel". This story, by Doris Lessing, is about taking on a challenge and what we learn about ourselves when we do.
Vocabulary for the notebook: buoyant, chivalry, conscious/unconscious, contrition, defiant, myriads, obstacle, promontory, villa.
The MAP test for reading takes place in the computer lab on Friday and Monday, 9/20 & 9/23. On Thursday we will have a MAP introduction in the computer lab, and will finish the class period by writing a paragraph response to the "Through the Tunnel" story.
Reading homework for this week (9/16-9/20) is due on Monday 9/23.
Great results from the first quiz.  Students were given their quiz back during class on Friday.  We went through each of the questions so everyone has correct answers.  Students should keep this quiz as a study tool for the final unit test.  Any student who scored a partially meet, or does not meet should have done practice this weekend.  After students practice they can let me know, so they can RETAKE a quiz for a passing score.  I offer retakes during recess time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

This week we will finish finding the area of parallelograms.  There will be a 5 minute review of finding the area of a triangle; and then it is onto calculating the area of trapezoids and kites.  I am planning a quiz on area of parallelograms, trapezoids, and kites for Friday depending on how things go in class. 


REMINDER:  Homework is assigned on Mondays and Wednesdays, and due the next day.   It should usually take no more than 30-45 minutes.  Students will have detailed notes from class to use to help with homework.  The idea of homework is to practice what was learned in class or review previous mastered concepts.   


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson



Last week, students researched "customary units" of measurement -- the feet, inches, pounds, and gallons that we commonly use in the United States.


But we also need to know the measurement system the rest of the world uses -- the metric system, or "Systeme International d'unites" (SI). - - It was developed by the French, so they got to name it. :)


So this week, we explore metric, or SI, units (meters, liters, grams).  

If there is time, we will also move ahead to a quick introduction to "matter," or what everything is made of.


Homework this week (HW3) asks students to find the common prefixes used in metric measurements to indicate the size of the units being used. The most common are "milli-," "centi-," and "kilo-."  Students who do not have access to a computer at home may look up the information in my classroom.  Assigned Monday, due Thursday.


Students may also receive some extra work to help them improve measuring skills they may not have mastered yet.


Most assignments and class notes can be downloaded from my school web page:  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/Husby 


Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork:  


On Monday, we will go to have our school photographs taken and then finish the hour up with our first MN Basics quiz.  In addition, they will receive the directions for their next homework entitled Famous MN Poster. 


Later in the week we will finish discovering the history of our state photograph Grace and look at the history behind our state seal. 


Homework:  Famous MN Poster due Monday, September 23.


From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Tuesday, Sept. 24 -- All-school "Curriculum night."


Friday, Oct. 4 -- 6th grade field trip to southern Minnesota for the "River Rendezvous".  Note that we will return late - about 3:45-4:00.


Oct. 15, 16, 24 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences


Tuesday, Nov. 19 (5 - 8 pm)  Field Book Fair at Barnes and Noble -- come hear local author Nick Hupton and the Field music groups perform. 

Community Opportunities:


In This Issue
Language Arts
Social Studies
From our Administrators
Dates to Remember
Community Opportunities

Quick Links

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Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

Erin Thompson

Jeanne Mettner


Main Office (and Attendance):

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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